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June Water Challenge Completed

During the month of June, 152 local residents participated in a water challenge hosted by the Douglas County Health Department and MOCH Wellness Center, wherein participants were asked to drink eight glasses of water each day, without any sugary drinks for the entire month of June.

Together, participants drank a total of over 30,720 cups of water.

Acknowledging participants for successfully completing the task last Wednesday, Shirley Emerson, Health Educator for the Douglas County Health Department, held a random drawing to select winners of prizes, which were donated by local businesses.

The prizes and winners are as follows:

Ten personal pan pizzas donated by Pizza Hut were awarded to: Lauren Reedy, Barbara Peery, Darla Lambert, Ashley Philpott, Qwen Gieber, Jayson Garfit, Shanna McDonald, Hayden Browning, Pat Grisham, and Linda Wiedmeier

The Curtis Department Store gift certificate of $50 for tennis shoes was awarded to Shae Wagner.

Ten $20 Subway cards, donated by Healthy Schools, Healthy Com-munities grant, go to Emily Welch, Tessa Huff, Michael Musgraves, Cody Koloski, Kyle Dome, Matt Riley, Danny Hinrichs, Todd Dome, Dan Lott, and Chloe Barnum.

Emerson expresses appreciation   to organizations and businesses for supporting and/or donating to the Water Challenge, including: Ava’s Sonic Drive-In, for 150 cheeseburger gift certificates; Pizza Hut, 10 personal pan pizzas; TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club; Senior Center; Ava Elementary School; Ava Middle School; Ava High School; CHART; and MOCH Wellness Center.

Most people take drinking water for granted, but keeping hydrated has a huge impact on overall health.  Water is one of the most important nutrients in the body.  The benefits of drinking water are:  carries nutrients through the body, cools the body, helps the body absorb nutrition, improves skin, promotes regularity, helps prevent tooth decay, lubricates and cushions joints, and detoxifies the body.  Water is needed by each cell to function normally.

It is important to carry a reusable bottle of water with you, and drink water everywhere you go, learn more at

Despite how crucial water is to the human body a larger number of people fail to consume recommended levels of fluids each day.

A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests many people in the United States may not be drinking enough water.

  • 7% of adults reported no daily consumption of water;
  • 71% of adults reported drinking 1-7 cups of water daily;
  • Only 22% of adults reported drinking 8 cups or more a day.

Plain water intake is lower in older adults.  With age, some people may lose their sense of thirst.  To further complicate matters, some medicines make it more important to absorb plenty of fluids.

The water challenge was hosted to help people develop the habit of drinking more water.

Sugary drinks can lead to weight gain over time.  The chances of becoming obese increases 1.6 times for every sugar-sweetened drink you have per day.  If a person drinks 20 ounces of soda, at 260 calories daily, that can lead to 27 pounds in one year.  If you drink juice, limit intake to 4-6 ounces of 100% fruit juice a day.

During the challenge, participants also earned weekly prizes as they completed the event.  The weekly prizes included a water bottle and cooler bag donated by the Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities grant; a MOCH Wellness Day Pass, donated by MOCH Wellness Center; and Sonic Drive-In, who donated Sonic cheeseburger certificates.

The water challenge was made possible by Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, Missouri Foundation for Health Healthy Schools / Healthy Communities Initiative, Douglas County Health Department, MOCH Wellness Center, Ava Senior Center,, Sonic Drive-In, and Pizza Hut.

Disclaimer: This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant CFDA Number 93.758.  This information or content & conclusions are those of the author & should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by CDC, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Douglas County Health Depart-ment is an Equal Opportunity/Affir-mative Action Employer. Services provided on a nondiscriminatory basis in cooperation with the Depart-ment of Health and Senior Services.